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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340833483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340833483
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.4 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like a lot of autobiographies, So Me is more interesting and insightful on the period of struggle before Graham Norton became famous than on a life which has become a constant round of professional encounters with celebrities. He is funny on his unsuccessful career as an actor and rather touching on the friendships that date back to the years he spent as a waiter. Under a surface of camp glibness, he is surprisingly evocative about the London of the 1980s--certain key locations of his life such as the restaurant where he worked or the slum high-rise where he lived are entirely present here.

He is honest about his flaws and moving about friends who taught him to be better--for example, a commune where he lived for a year in San Francisco gets a tribute. His later life--his cult success as a comedian and his discovery that what he really was is a chat-show host--is recorded with occasional insight. He is attractively unapologetic about his taste for smut; this is who he is and what he does, and we can take it or leave it.--Roz Kaveney

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A hugely engaging account of his life that is written with the same breezy bravura that he exhibits on telly ... There are points in the book when I found myself laughing out loud, and others when I was unusually moved ... Celebrity memoirs are rarely as genuine or as generously candid (Herald)

A frank, funny and sometimes tortured autobiography (Andrew Billen, The Times)

Frank and funny (Mirror)

Honest and entertaining ... he uses his quick wit and humour to amuse the reader from start to finish (The Sun)

A jaunty romp with oodles of humour (Hot Stars (OK))

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Starbug on 3 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
On tv, I thought Graham Norton was just that guy who fronted a hilarious show. After reading this book, there is much much more to this guy than you think. It goes from the light hearted tale of a boy faking illness to have a day off school (and having to go through the appendectomy as a result), to more serious times of being lonely, finding love (both female and male) and the terrifying ordeal of a near fatal stabbing. This is told in such a funny way, you can't help but keep on reading. I'm not a big reader but I manage to read half the book in one night!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shazzeth on 11 Jun 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book. I was given it 2 years ago at Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed every page. It's not a particularly difficult read, but there's something to make you laugh on nearly every single page.

Unlike many books of this type, Graham really has dived incredibly deep into his past; whereas quite a lot of celebrities skim over these early years and concentrate more on the "me, me, me" kind of stuff. A very interesting read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Mclachlan on 10 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book as Graham Norton was someone who I thought I liked but was not quite sure. I was born in the same year as him into a middle class English family and for some reason don't really like people talking about sex in sometimes a crude way but I did think he was quick witted and eloquent and it should be an interesting read. I envied Graham the opportunity to explain and sometimes apologise to people whose paths in his life he had crossed. I have had tears rolling down my face with laughter as I have read some of his embarrasing moments(while I think to myself, how can I possibly relate to that, but I can). There is so much more that I wanted to say about this book and I wish I had made notes as I went along (but that would be a bit sad and worry my husband even more that the sudden bursts of laughter). I now have the dilema of whether or not to give it to my mother to read as I am sure that she would enjoy its style as much as I did but I also know where I got my prudishness from and at 42 she still may tell me off!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
Norton proves to be a good story teller, not lingering too long on his childhood, but providing all the salient points in an eminently readable fashion, and spending suitable amounts of time on the periods of his life that fans will be most interested in.

He is witty and has a good turn of phrase. He is also not too afraid to turn the light on some of his darker moments and confess to moments where his behaviour has not always been what it should, freely admitting to certain character flaws. This honesty, particularly around his emotional life makes the reader warm to him and gives depth to what could otherwise be considered a reasonably light hearted romp through his life.

His affection and regard for his family comes across well, particularly in the chapter about his father's battle with parkinsons' and the episode where he describes scattering his ashes, and he emerges as a thoroughly likeable human being.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark W on 23 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book and feel that you can really connect with what Graham is saying. Excellent written, at times rather crude, but all the more funny for it. Sometimes you laugh out load, sometimes you feel sad, but overall you realise what a fantasticly interesting life that Graham has led. Thank you for writing it Graham :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "alisonmoore6" on 17 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book - had me both laughing out loud and shedding a few tears in many places. It's wonderfully written and you can "hear" GN actually "talking" it. Hugely entertaining - I will be buying it for many friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
FROM his up-bringing in rural Ireland to his hit TV shows, Graham Norton tells you how he got there with every gory detail in between, just don't tell his mum!
He opens 'So Me', his first auto-biography, with a request to anyone who knows his mother not to divulge the facts within his book to her, she knows what she needs to know and does not care to know the rest.
As you would expect from Norton the book is very funny, Norton's ability to laugh at himself and see the amusing side of most situations is one of the reasons he has been such a success.
However the parts that stand out in the book are the ones where he doesn't make a joke about it. The death of his friend from Aids is perhaps one of the most touching moments. He does not describe how it had made him feel or even really how it had effected him. He is still so devastated that even over ten years later he still cannot bring himself to talk about it fully.
These parts, unfortunately, are also the places where the book falls down. He does not seem ready to put all his feelings onto paper and is pushing the reader away. He tells them the facts, often honest and frank, but he cannot tell you how it all makes him feel. In a way it is refreshing, but it still leaves you feeling like you've missed something very important.
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Interesting, very funny and real! Enjoyed the book very much, like GN even more than I did before! Read it! Very good!
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